California among worst states for military retirees, according to new data

Posted at 1:15 PM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 18:09:30-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- New data from WalletHub shows how California ranks on a list of best and worst states for military retirees.

Overall, California ranked high when it comes to quality of life and health care, but much lower when it comes to the economy and homelessness.

WalletHub ranked states on a number of other factors, with one being best and 25 being average.

In the quality of life category, California comes in at 10th on the list of 51 states and the District of Columbia.

From there, the data starts looking less attractive. When it comes to the economic environment, California ranked low coming in at 48th.

California also ranked 48th for veterans per capita, yet ranked 49th for the percentage of homeless veterans.

The area where California ranked best was number of VA health facilities per number of veterans where the state took the 3rd spot.

The data also found that red states are more friendly towards military retirees than blue states. When compared to other states, California ranked 36th overall.

The list below shows the top 5 states for military retirees:

  1. Florida
  2. Virginia
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Alabama
  5. South Carolina

Below is a list of the worst states for military retirees:

  1. New York
  2. New Mexico
  3. Nevada
  4. Vermont
  5. Oregon